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Indigent Caseloads, Michael Morton, and Third Ward Mural: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Posted on · You’ve heard this part of the Miranda rights before (if not in person, then at least on TV crime dramas): “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you…” Well, a lot of defendants can’t afford attorneys. That’s where public defenders come in, and sometimes private […]

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Houston: What Are You Thankful For?

Posted on · What are you thankful for? With Thanksgiving near, we welcome your examples of those things in your life and times here in Greater Houston for which you’re most appreciative. It could be family of friends. It could be something about Houston itself — our culture, our food, our air-conditioned baseball. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse […]

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Ferguson, and What We’re Thankful For in Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Posted on · A number of Houston community organizations are planning a rally in MacGregor Park at 5 p.m. today, in response to a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown back in August. Officials in and around Greater Houston are calling for peaceful protest. Rep. […]

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Notice Anything Different About Your Neighborhood Recycling Truck Lately?

Posted on · Each week, the City of Houston’s fleet of green recycling trucks rolls through the streets of Houston, collecting glass, paper and plastic. And each week they always look the same. But recently, you might have spotted a handful of recycling trucks that are a little more visually interesting than just the standard issue green. Thanks […]

Arts InSight

“Wings of the City” Brings Interactive Sculptures to Discovery Green

Posted on · Maybe in the fast few days you’ve seen someone post a picture of themselves in front of a pair of giant bronze wings. Well, they’re posing in front of one of nine sculptures by Mexican artist Jorge Marín that are on display now through Feb. 8 downtown at Discovery Green. The exhibit, called “Wings of […]

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Mae Jemison and the 100 Year Starship, Germophobes, and Wings of the City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Posted on · The 100 Year Starship is an initiative to make sure progress continues toward human interstellar space travel. Its annual public symposium begins Thursday, and continues through the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One of the key figures behind the initiative is Dr. Mae Jemison. She’s a former astronaut — the first African-American […]

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More Pet Peeves, Pet Care, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, September 15, 2014

Posted on · Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It's your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in […]

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Lawndale’s Annual ‘Big Show’ Gives Houston Artists A Chance to Be Seen

Posted on · Each year, Lawndale Art Center invites artists living within a hundred mile radius of Houston to submit their art work for its annual juried exhibition called “The Big Show.” Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse asks Lawndale Executive Director Christine West why an "open call" show like this is so important to Houston and its art […]

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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Posted on · It's by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we'll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

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More Houstonian Pet Peeves, Dogs and Cats, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, June 16, 2014

Posted on · Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It's your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in […]

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Sculptures on Heights Boulevard Aim to Make Art More Accessible

Posted on · You might have noticed something a little strange on Heights Boulevard recently, a building that appears to be sinking into the ground, an over-sized paper airplane made of metal or giant lawn chairs. No, you’re not hallucinating; it’s an art exhibit that is the brainchild of Gus Kopriva, the owner of Redbud Gallery. Gus spoke […]

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Tim Rice Discusses the Art of Writing Blockbuster Musicals

Posted on · Lyricist Tim Rice is probably best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, on musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar (two shows which will be on stage here in Houston over the next year) and Evita, a production of which wraps up here in Houston on Sunday. Rice is […]

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Brown v. Board Legacy, Astrodome Revisited, and Lyricist Tim Rice: Houston Matters for Friday, May 16, 2014

Posted on · Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of "separate, but equal" public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown […]